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July 28, 2020

Anedith Nash reflections

Less than a year ago I moved into a new office and took on a new role at CCAD. That role and that office was once held by my one-time mentor, Dr. Anedith Nash. I learned this weekend that she passed away. Her impact on the college and me has been flooding back to me in the days since. 

Anedith came to CCAD in 2000 and worked with President Denny Griffth until retiring in 2011. She led us through two 10-year accreditation visits and made countless improvements throughout the college. She worked with Ric Petry to launch CCAD’s first graduate program. 

She converted Dean’s Council to Academic Council, allowing for greater representation of disciplines and new views to be expressed about the college's direction. She initiated an annual Academic Council retreat called Many Voices.

Anedith nurtured the Student Affairs operation, supporting its substantial growth under Dwayne Todd. She was responsible for hiring Jim Voorhis and Michael Goodson as gallery directors, both of whom advanced CCAD’s role in the arts community locally, regionally, and nationally.

Her work was especially impactful for faculty. Anedith was responsible for establishing sabbaticals and formalizing the faculty search and promotion processes. She empowered Faculty Council to broaden its influence.

These were just a few of the accomplishments that Anedith shepherded, and they don’t measure up to her greatest impact, which was building morale. She celebrated achievements of others, not her own. She cheered you on and made sure that you knew she was proud. She supported good ideas and helped to advance them. She made us feel confident and hopeful.  

Anedith was especially supportive of the emerging women leaders at CCAD. When Lowell Tolstedt retired, she asked me to be Dean of Fine Arts, and by doing so, gave a woman, and a young woman at that, a chance at a position previously occupied only by men. Several other women at CCAD, who are now chairs of their respective departments, also struck up close relationships with her. During her time at CCAD a collaborative, encouraging, and interconnected group of creative colleagues flourished. 

When Anedith announced her retirement, I remember telling a younger coworker and friend how I would miss her. I said that when I achieved anything as an academic or an artist, I always thought to tell Anedith first. That friend said, “that is how I feel about you, Julie.” I couldn’t have felt more proud of the comparison. 

This week, when I return to the office—which was her office—I will reflect on Anedith Nash’s impact on CCAD. I am still at the start of my journey as the college’s Provost. I hope to emulate the woman that I admired for instilling trust, respect and building authentic relationships while getting things done. 

Read more about Anedith Nash and her significance to the CCAD community on our blog.

June 17, 2020

Welcoming students to campus for fall 2020 

While we are still working out the final details and undoubtedly will have to make some adjustments along the way, here’s what is planned for fall 2020 at CCAD.

We will offer a combination of online and hybrid learning.

You may have heard the terms “synchronous learning” and “asynchronous learning.” Here’s what that means:

  • Synchronous learning = online or distance education that occurs in real-time. Synchronous classes allow students to interact online with faculty and fellow students in the moment, and at a specific time of day and day of the week.

  • Asynchronous learning = learning through online channels without real-time interaction. Asynchronous classes enable students to watch recorded lectures on-demand, which is particularly useful for those who may have limited access to a computer or wifi, or who may be in a different time zone. Students will still connect and share feedback with classmates and faculty through chats and discussions online.

  • Many hybrid learning models include a blend of both asynchronous and synchronous online learning. At CCAD, hybrid learning will also incorporate time in our studios and labs and in the classroom. Classes may alternate the days they meet in-person to reduce the number of people sharing a space at any given time.

  • Faculty will be asked to post all essential class materials so that students can access that information if needed. We will use our learning management system, GoStudio, as the place to go for instructors’ documentation of notes and videos, as well as other digital content. 

  • Faculty will host office hours via video conferencing.

The CCAD experience is a special experience.

  • Students choose CCAD because they want an in-person, on-campus experience, and that’s what we plan to deliver. By providing hybrid instruction, we can reduce density on campus, providing students with access to labs, studios, and places such as Packard Library while maintaining social distance practices. And while we hope we don’t have to move to remote learning again, as we did in spring 2020, should there be another mandated stay-at-home order, our online and hybrid class learning will make that transition as smooth as possible.

  • CCAD is fortunate in that we already have small class sizes, so limiting in-person classroom experiences to around 10 students by staggering meeting days and times is in keeping with our typical curriculum. 

  • Our lab and studio spaces will operate with some modifications, and the sharing of supplies, equipment, and gear will be limited. Our labs will have strict capacity limits as well.

  • If a class is converted to an online class, students will be notified so they can change classes if desired.

  • That said, we will also have an expanded selection of online courses for students who prefer them, and we plan on offering first-year students the option of taking all of their classes for the 2020–2021 academic year online. (We’ll send more details on that very soon.)

  • An email will be forthcoming about measures students and CCAD can take to lessen the risk COVID-19’s spread, including the use of masks and the practice of dedensification (that is, lowering the density)  in classrooms, labs, and studios.

We understand that matters of health, wellness, and balance go beyond COVID-19.

  • Your mental, physical, emotional, and academic needs have been top of mind as CCAD plans for fall semester, and curriculums have been designed to provide the greatest flexibility possible while mitigating the risk of virus transmission.

  • CCAD students take at least five classes per semester. We found most students are most successful if they take two online classes and three hybrid classes each semester. This balance may differ from student to student, and we cannot guarantee that your particular course load will be structured this way.

  • In the interest of better health and wellness, our curriculum emphasizing a blend of online and hybrid learning will enable you to take a break from screens and regroup.

We know that different students may have different resources and different needs.

  • Not all students have access to the same resources. To help students be successful, CCAD has study areas with wifi, as well as computer labs for students who need them.

  • Learning support will be available to help with any needed accommodations for individual students.

Students want to know where their money goes.

A common question we have received from students is, “If my class is online, why do I have to pay my full tuition?” The short answer is that the majority of our budget goes to scholarships and salaries, and those don’t change when we go remote. That said, it’s possible that students may be excused from certain fees if CCAD again moves to remote learning due to a mandated stay-at-home order.

Students want to plan their calendars.

I’m happy to report that the fall semester academic calendar will remain as planned, with the semester’s start and end dates sticking to their original dates. (That’s Monday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Dec. 11, respectively.) Unless there is a stay at home order, CCAD expects to have a Thanksgiving break and to bring students back to campus after that break. 

There’s no doubt that there will be additional information coming in the weeks to come as we prepare for the fall semester and make changes so that we may prevent the spread of the coronavirus while promoting a safe learning environment. Thanks to all for their continued flexibility, patience, and eagerness to learn and grow as students, artists, and designers as we envision a new path to learning at CCAD.

April 27, 2020

Update on spring 2020 grading

CCAD will continue to use letter grades for the spring 2020 semester. For more information on this decision, please visit this page.

April 20, 2020

CCAD is creating plans for unique learning opportunities during a unique time. COVID-19 has required us to reconsider teaching and learning with safety as our highest priority. Our planning for the 2020–2021 academic year features initiatives in Teaching, Learning, Living, Working, and Thriving. CCAD’s inclusive community is eager to welcome our newest incoming class!

Teaching. A CCAD education offers hands-on demonstrations, individual critiques, and collaborative project-based learning. Whether we meet face to face, online, or in a combination of the two, these experiences will be supported.

Learning. Supplies, equipment, and technology are critical to makers. CCAD is planning a variety of approaches to project completion to observe social distancing or remote learning.

Living. CCAD will ensure its student residents are safe by following Centers for Disease Control guidelines and Ohio Department of Health orders. And whether you live on campus or off, there will be meal options available.

Working. Personal protection equipment will be utilized and precautions will be taken to provide a clean and safe work environment for the CCAD community.

Thriving. Connect with the CCAD family in live events, whether online or on campus, that feature visiting artists, designers, and thought leaders. CCAD is proud of its robust network of student organizations and supports them whether they meet virtually or in person.

Artists and designers flourish in extraordinary times. They are problem-solvers and risk-takers. They entertain and inform. They think, do, and thrive. That is our motto at CCAD. There isn’t a better time to embody it.

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About the Provost

Julie Taggart was appointed Provost in January 2020. She began her career at CCAD in 1994 when she was hired to teach drawing, painting, and color theory. She shifted her focus to administration after being appointed Chair of painting in 2002.

Taggart is an alumna of CCAD and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Syracuse University.

In addition to her work at CCAD, Taggart is on the board of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She maintains an active studio practice and is represented by Contemporary Art Matters,

Her paintings have been included in numerous national and international exhibitions. You can learn more about Julie Taggart online at